This Year, You Can Do Laps on Philly’s Pro-Cycling Race Course
If you ever watched the (now canned) Philadelphia International Cycling Championship and wished you could take a spin on the course, you’re in luck: the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic—the new race that replaced the Cycling Championship this year—is partnering up with Bicycling magazine to open its course early for amateur cyclists.
The so-named Bicycling Open, which will take place on June 2nd before the pro race, will allow recreational cyclists to complete as many laps as possible between 7:15 and 8:30 a.m. on the new 12-mile Parx Cycling Classic course. And get this: They’re even doing chip timing so you’ll have something to brag about afterwards.
The course is mainly concentrated in Fairmount, East Falls and Manayunk, and, of course, includes a climb up the infamous Manayunk Wall. Participants will get a swag bag, post-ride breakfast and meet-and-greet opportunity with athletes from the Cadence Cycling Foundation. Basic entry is $25, but $80 gets you a commemorative jersey, and $100 gets you entry to the CCFan Zone, located at the finish line of the pro race. Register here.